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An Offer You Can't Refuse

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  11,609 ratings  ·  540 reviews
Lola has no intention of accepting when her boyfriend Dougie’s snobbish mother offers her £10,000 to break up with him. Then she discovers a secret that makes her think again. Dougie would probably have broken up with her in the long run, and this way she can help one of the people she loves most in the world. Ten years later, though, when Lola meets Dougie again, her feel ...more
Hardcover, 410 pages
Published February 7th 2008 by Headline Review
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Aug 12, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
Awful.. such a painfully disappointing and dull read! It was pure torture reading it through, which is even worse, since I was so interested by the plot that I went to great efforts to order it online, buy it have it delivered, and all for such an irritating and boring, undeveloped, low quality novel which just dragged on and on! I'm not prejudiced against chick lit, I like it, there are some authors I love : Sophie Kinsella, Melissa Nathan, Marian Keyes, etc, but this one definitely put me off ...more
Jul 13, 2017 rated it liked it
A fun summer read. Just what I needed!
Feb 05, 2010 rated it did not like it
Bleh. Really, I should have known better than to read this. I loathe books where the entire plot revolves around some secret the main character can't divulge, thus creating all sorts of complications. But I read it, partly because I had enjoyed a previous Jill Mansell book, and thought that this would be as fun and quirky, too. Nope. Instead, I slogged through 400 pages of a bad plot and obnoxious characters.

Lola was an immature, shallow, self-centered brat, plain and simple. She talks about how
A really, really fun book! If you're in a bad mood, it'll cheer you right up! And don't make plans --I read it in one sitting.

So...what about it...

Lola really never, ever, gave up on trying to get Dougie back -- even when he kept throwing daggers at her and quite frankly it was hilarious!
Don't worry, you don't have to be a sadist to appreciate the way Doug shuts her down, you just can't not enjoy it with Lola being Lola!

Plus, you have to admit, that from Dougie's point of view, he could have b
Jul 07, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009, chick-lit
The main couple of the book not only bored me, but apparently they bored the author as well. No effort was spent on their relationship being developed, and all the effort was spent on EVERY OTHER PAIRED OFF COUPLE. It was like, if you saw that everyone else was happy, clearly, the main two will be alright. And even if he did discover, did he really PINE after her for ten years? A cute notion, but I think a bit unrealistic. however, it was a cute read, so it gets three stars. Would I read again? ...more
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May 04, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: betrayal
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Dec 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tbr-2017
Please note that I gave this book 3.5 stars and rounded it up to 4 stars on Goodreads.

I read two Mansell books back in the day and told myself that maybe those two books should be enough. Both a lot of her works were available via my library and I decided to try again to see if I like any of these books much better. The answer is, I did and I didn’t. What grabs me a lot about this book is that I loved every character in this book except for the main character Lola. Lola is annoying and if she ha
Apr 22, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
From the back of the book:

"Young Lola, under duress, accepts a huge bribe to break up with her boyfriend. The worst part is, the bribe is from his mother. Ten years later, when they meet again, her feelings for him are as strong as ever-but how is she going to win him back without telling him why she broke his heart in the first place?"

My thoughts:

My thoughts on this book can be summed up in one sentence: "What a fun read!" Seriously, it really was a fun read and I ended up enjoying this book im
Sep 09, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book kind of sucked balls. There were too many characters, and they were all dreadfully boring characters at that. Too many twist and turns, all boring. And if this is supposed to be a rekindling romance between Lola and Doug, maybe they should actually spend some time together. Just my opinion. They were barely together in the story, maybe two or three time at the most and even then there was no flirting or stolen glances. Nothing happened in this book and it was all over the place.
Sep 19, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
If you have ever worked in a bookstore and either a)find chick lit remotely tolerable or b)are such an anglophile that you can overlook overt chick lityness if it's balanced by overt Britishness, this book is spectacularly funny. I personally fall more into category b than a, and therefore will concede that it's a ridiculously girly book, but massively enjoyable, a bit like chocolate.
But really the best part is the, "Oink."
An easy read. Light and fluffy.
Apr 06, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review originally posted on Diary of an Eccentric

When Lola was 17, her boyfriend’s mother made her an offer she couldn’t refuse–a ton of money to stop seeing her son. Dougie was Lola’s first love, and Lola wanted to tell his mother to stick her money where the sun doesn’t shine, but she takes it, even negotiates a higher amount, to keep her family together. Distraught over the end of her relationship with Dougie, she flees the country.

Ten years later, Lola is living in Notting Hill as a bookstor
Mar 18, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Anna Horner, J. Kaye, Marie
An Offer You Can't Refuse by Jill Mansell is witty, charming, engaging, and Chicklit to the max.

For a reviewer this was a treat to find in a book, this is definitely how many of us feel about books and reading, and reading these lines instantly cemented my attention to this book.

Lola is a young girl in love with a boy, Dougie, whose family is wealthy and whose mother hates her guts. His mother makes her an offer that she can't refuse, so she takes it and says goodbye to the love of her life in a
Jul 03, 2010 rated it really liked it
This is the first and only book I have read written by Jill Mansell and I found the book to be easy to read and was instantly hooked. I instantly loved the main character, Lola, who was in the worst possible situation at the beginning of the story - keep your boyfriend or have £10,000... Lolca decides to take the money and run, something which I had a bit of a shout about when I was reading that part of the book.... I definately formed a lot of opinions throughout reading this! Would recommend t ...more
Oct 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Jill Mansell. She gives me exactly what I want when I ask for it. Superb chick lit writer, one of the best in my opinion. I don't know how she does it, but I always fall in love with her characters, always care what happens to them, and even if I can sometimes predict who will end up with who, I don't care. Laugh out loud funny in so many places... another jem Jill x
Jan 02, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
My head hurts from rolling my eyes so many times. I just couldn't get into it; the characters lacked depth and especially Lola frustrated me to no end: she has to be the most immature, selfish and shallow character I've ever come across. Just, no.
May 27, 2020 rated it it was ok
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Chelsea Lowe
I have to admit I struggled a bit with this one. It's an enjoyable read and very easy to follow, but I did find it difficult to fully engage with the characters and plot lines, and I think I can boil this down to a couple of reasons:

1) Lola - the central female protagonist - is extremely cocky. I love confidence in female characters but there is a fine line between that and sheer arrogance. She spends most of the book thinking she is the absolute bee's knees and that she can magically turn her e
Jan 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Fun and fluffy, but it felt like the ending was forced and rushed. So it ended up not being very satisfying.
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
I love Jill Mansell so much. I always say it and I always will. This was so sweet and I love how she makes her characters blend together.
Adek Fbree
May 21, 2017 rated it did not like it
Totally not my kind of heroine :)
Connie Wooten
May 26, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. Quick read and funny. The main character was always self talking and playing out scenarios in her head how it should go which I thought was funny.
Jul 12, 2010 rated it liked it
This book started off wonderful. It seemed like a great read. It's been on my shelf for awhile and I regretted not picking it up sooner. I think that it would be a great vacation read. Very trivial, very soap opera-ish, very little thinking going on. Sometimes you just need those kinds of books. That being said, I think that the length of the book is a little too much. The last 90 pages were terrible to get through and I found myself skipping bits.

The book focuses on about three main story line
Jane Stewart
Mar 28, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
2 ½ stars. Good stories for secondary characters. But I did not like the conflict for the main characters.

I’m angry when I think about it. But gosh she’s a good writer. This was enjoyable story telling about several characters with love interests. I was engaged all the way through. BUT I could not accept or enjoy the premise of the book - the conflict between the main couple. In the beginning Lola accepts money to break up with Doug. She needs the money to help someone else - it’s life or death.
Nov 02, 2011 rated it liked it
Book starts off 10 years ago when Lola and Dougie are in love at 17 and 18. They have promised to stay together even though Dougie is moving to go to University, however, Doubgie's mom has other plans. Early on in the novel she tries to pay off Lola with 10,000 pounds! Lola is offended, however, when a situation in her home-life occurs Lola is desperate for cash to save her family. This secret between her step-father and herself will haunt her 10 years later when Lola realizes how much she still ...more
Aug 29, 2013 rated it did not like it
If (like millions of women) you like Romance with a capital R, you'll like this book – because it's written to the classic Harlequin formula. Heroine meets hero in the first few pages, and in spite of all the catastrophes that blight their path to true love, you always know they'll get together at the end.

Which is why I don't like it. That level of predictability just isn't for me.

Less than half way through the story, I know with depressing certainty that Our Plucky Heroine will win Doug back,
Kristi (Books and Needlepoint)
Lola and Dougie were very much in love. Though only 17 and 18, they had promised each other forever. This changed in the blink of an eye. Dougie's mother was not a big fan of Lola's. She didn't think that Lola belonged in her son's "privileged" life, so she offers Lola 10,000 pounds to leave Dougie and convince him that it is over. Lola is outraged and is bound and determined to tell Dougie what kind of mother he has. Before she has a chance to speak with him, her circumstances change and she is ...more
Mar 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
I was tempted to give this book a five but there was two reasons I didn't.

1) I am a fan of steamy romance scenes and Jill Mansell left EVERYTHING to the imagination. Not a bad thing but just didn't suit my personal preference.

2) Despite doing a fairly good job of developing the rest of the characters. Dougie, the main love interest remained at arms length to the audience throughout the whole book. I would have appreciated a few scenes from his point of view or just something to make him a bit mo
Aug 08, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own-it, 2009
Great Chick Lit/Humor/British Fiction. Funnier than Sophie Kinsella, so if you liked the Shopaholic series, you'll LOVE Jill Mansell. Great read for when you're in a crap mood & need uplifting...or if you're in a great mood & need something new to laugh about. I must now read everything she's written. On a side note, this one holds a special place in my heart because I really feel the author truly understands what booksellers have to put up with...hahaha! ...more
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Jill Mansell lives with her partner and children in Bristol, and writes full time. Actually that’s not true; she watches TV, eats fruit gums, admires the rugby players training in the sports field behind her house, and spends hours on the internet marvelling at how many other writers have blogs. Only when she’s completely run out of displacement activities does she write.

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